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Malliotaki’s “mad” Biden admin. wants to close NYC VA hospitals

The Biden administration plans to shut down two of them Veterans Administration Hospitals in New York City — in Brooklyn and Manhattan, The Post has learned.

The VA would shut down those two hospitals and contract private medical providers to treat vets as part of a “strategic collaboration.”

The plan drew immediate rebuke from Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-Staten Island).

“Me and the veterans I represent are crazy as hell and we will not allow the Biden administration to shut down these facilities,” Malliotakis told The Post.

The Brooklyn, VA hospital is located at 800 Poly Place in Bay Ridge—part of Malliotakis’ District—and the Manhattan facility is at 423 E. 23rd St.

A third VA medical center is located in the Bronx. She is not affected by the planned overhaul.

The plan would also reduce services at the Staten Island VA Clinic at 1150 South Avenue and consolidate their services with the “New Jersey market” under the VA plan.

MP Nicole Malliotakis
Staten Island Rep. Malliotakis called the plan “unacceptable” and claimed it will “cripple” services for veterans.
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The VA proposal says in dry language that services on the “Brooklyn campus” would be “suspended” and instead a strategic collaboration would be established with another provider to provide inpatient medical and surgical and emergency room services.

The plan would also close Manhattan VA Hospital and develop a new “emergency center” with a different provider.

A research program from the Brooklyn, VA hospital would be moved to Manhattan as part of the plan.

“This is unacceptable,” Malliotakis said in a March 8 letter VA Secretary Denis McDonough.

Manhattan VA Hospital
Manhattan VA Hospital is located in Kips Bay.
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She complained that the privatization and consolidation plan would “cripple” the services of the Staten Island Veterans Hospital and force veterinarians to go to New Jersey for purposes other than mental health care.

“That’s not how you treat some of the 138,000 vets in the New York City area who fought for America,” she said.

Malliotakis urged McDonough to pull the plug on the plan so “New York City veterans who fought for our great nation don’t have to travel out of state to receive the necessary treatment to which they are entitled.”

Denis McDonough, Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
Denis McDonough is the US Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
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It’s not the first time the Department of Veterans has moved to closure and transfer services.

In 2018, the Bay Ridge facility’s ear, nose and throat clinic temporarily closed. raise concerns that the entire campus would be closed.

The Asset Infrastructure Review Commission is required by law to review changes to the VA’s medical system and care.

In its presentation, the VA emphasized that the recommendations were not a fait accompli and hearings and meetings with veterans and local workers would take place.

“In the short term, the recommendations will not have a major impact. Any possible changes to our infrastructure are years away — and in some cases more than ten years away,” the VA said.

https://nypost.com/2022/03/09/biden-admin-wants-to-close-veterans-hospitals-in-brooklyn-manhattan/ Malliotaki’s “mad” Biden admin. wants to close NYC VA hospitals

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